Opera North's Madama Butterfly

Winter Season 2018

Giacomo Puccini. Madama Butterfly is a tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world.
  • Venue: The Lyric Theatre
Opera North: Madama Butterfly
Composer: Giacomo Puccini


Madama Butterfly is a tender story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures, which resonates as strongly as ever in today’s world.

With its exquisitely simple set and costumes, this emotionally direct and subtle production by Tim Albery is devastating in its impact, as Butterfly’s dawning realisation of the harsh reality of her circumstances leads inexorably to a final act of despair.

French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has won widespread praise in this production in the role of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese woman who sacrifices everything to marry a U.S. Naval Officer, yet is cruelly discarded when he returns to his ‘real’ life in America. She is joined for this revival by Lithuanian tenor Merūnas Vitulskis, making his UK and Opera North debut as Pinkerton.
‘Extraordinarily powerful’ Spectator 

**** ‘Heart-rending’ Times **** ’full of illuminating and subtle touches’ Sunday Telegraph   ‘Duprels brings heartbreaking physical fragility and dignity to the doomed geisha’ Sunday Times **** ‘Superb’ Independent  

Additional information 

Running Time: Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes
Language: Sung in Italian with English titles


Audio Described performance – Thu 8 March at 7.30pm, with a Touch Tour at 6.15pm. 

To book accessible tickets please call 0161 876 2183 or set up an online booking account by emailing boxofficeadmin@thelowry.com  


Groups Discount
£4 OFF, 1 in 10 FREE (Tue & Thu) 
Call the groups line on 0843 208 6003 for more information. 
Open Mon to Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm.

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Cast and Creative Team

Cast 

Cio-Cio-San - Anne Sophie Duprels
Pinkerton - Merunas Vitulskis
Sharpless - Peter Savidge
Suzuki - Ann Taylor
Goro - Joseph Shovelton
Kate Pinkerton - Katie Bird
Bonze - Dean Robinson
Prince Yamadori - Christopher Nairne



Creative Team 

Conductor - Martin Pickard
Director - Tim Albery
Set Designer - Hildegard Bechtler
Costume Designer - Ana Jebens
Lighting Designer - Peter Mumford




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